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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jul 22, 2011 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 1986 and the Junes of 92 and 93

A few thoughts on this post...

* Don't cast aside '86 so quickly. Ever hear the first post-coma show (12/15/86)? It's sort of stunning how well Jerry plays given that he had to re-learn how to play the guitar. I avoided 1986 for a long time, but this show really changed my mind -- http://www.archive.org/details/gd1986-12-15.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.99035.sbeok.flac16

* I saw both 6/8 and 6/9/93 in person. 6/9 was a great show, with a nice H/S/F, Bertha, and one of the coolest Wharf jams I've ever heard. But other than a GREAT Bird Song (one of the best I ever saw), 6/8 was sort of disappointing.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jul 22, 2011 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1986 and the Junes of 92 and 93

I like the post-coma shows in 86 also. I should have differentiated, because in my mind, I group the December 86 shows with 87, I agree they are good.

I agree 6/9/93 is even better than 6/8, but I think 6/8 is still pretty strong, I've always thought Truckin should have been used as a 2nd set opener more often, and New Speedway Boogie is always a winner, for me, just a great song and one of the revivals of the late era I thought always worked well.

What "makes" June of 93 for me is the dexterity and fluency and precision of Garcia's playing, and the band having a very tight rhythmic feel to back it up.

Given how much the band's fans focus on Garcia and how much we tend to judge performances (especially late era performances) on the basis of how well he was playing, I'm always surprised people haven't noticed just how much better his guitar work in June of 93 is relative to the average of the last decade or so of his life. Even in some of the great shows from 89-91, his playing isn't always crisp in terms of rhythmic subdivision, but a lot of his runs in June 93 are like perfectly cut diamonds, and the drummers seem tighter than usual also, much more snap and crackle than the sometimes muddy and heavy sound when the two drummers are dragging a bit.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jul 22, 2011 3:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1986 and the Junes of 92 and 93

Listened to a little bit of 6/8 first set today. A little better than I remember. Might have at the rest of it later on. I'll let you know if I have any new impressions.

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Poster: vapors Date: Jul 22, 2011 4:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1986 and the Junes of 92 and 93

Just have to beat the drum and state that those 1986 comeback shows were mighty special. One of the years that I saw every show, and back then I loved every note I heard.

Since coming here have I developed a sharper appreciation and perspective for matters concerning worthy performances, which early on I thought of as a curse, but am learning to take it all in stride. :)

Today I recognize the good fortune we all share in being able to readily listen to so much of the catalog, and to read fine postings by the many talents represented on this forum. And don’t blush now, but having you contribute here is really quite a treat.